Every once in a while, something happens that is so shocking, so completely in opposition to everything you know about the world, that it’s quite unsettling. That’s how I feel after reading Ann Coulter’s latest column, in which she actually makes sense. If you can ignore her usual juvenile insults, she’s actually right when she argues against the claim that the Republicans lost because Romney just wasn’t conservative enough.
The idea that Romney failed to present a clear contrast with Obama or was too “nice” is also nonsense. If Republicans continue to tell themselves comforting myths about our candidate being the problem, they better get used to losing a lot more elections.
The only Republican to defeat a sitting president in the last century was Ronald Reagan in 1980, when he beat Jimmy Carter, the second-worst president in U.S. history (pending the final results of Obama’s second term). Because of that, and also because he is in the top two best American presidents, Reagan’s example is worth studying.
In Reagan’s one debate with Carter in 1980, he presented “two viewpoints and directions for the country” by vowing to save Medicare and not to cut taxes too much. Loud and clear, Reagan said: “My tax cut does not come close to eliminating (Carter’s) $86 billion increase. I’m only reducing the amount of the increase.”
There’s your bold contrasting vision!
Reagan picked a pro-choice, anti-supply side Republican as his running mate. He lavishly praised FDR in his acceptance speech at the national convention, leading The New York Times to title an editorial about him “Franklin Delano Reagan.”
Meanwhile, Romney promised to institute major reforms to Medicare, repeal Obamacare and impose a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut. He said he’d issue a 50-state waiver to Obamacare on his first day in office.
Rationality? From Ann Coulter? I’m pretty sure that’s one of the seven seals being opened. We may see the sky turn to blood next.